This month, the LLC acquired an exciting new product from EBSCO called Curriculum Builder, which faculty and students will come to know as the “Reading List” in CSC Online-Sakai. The Reading List makes it possible to integrate the LLC’s electronic resources directly into online courses. The service makes it easier for students (and faculty) to utilize electronic texts as primary and secondary readings, and it keeps everyone from testing the limits of Fair Use.
With the Reading List, students have immediate access to course readings, so special instructions for database access are no longer needed. It also works off-campus without requiring additional logins.
The LLC is pleased because Curriculum Builder will yield more accurate library usage statistics and will make it possible to post full text articles without copyright concerns because students are linked to content which has already been licensed by the LLC.
To add the Reading List tool to your course, follow these steps:
1. Open the course in Sakai.
2. Click Site Info (found on the left tabs under Home, Syllabus, etc.).
3. Click on Edit Tools.
4. Expand Plugin Tools and check Reading List. Click Continue.
5. Either keep the default button text, or enter a new title (i.e. Required Readings). Then click Continue.
6. At the next prompt, click Finish.
After adding the Reading List tool, the instructor view of Sakai will feature a search box, which utilizes the library’s search engine: EBSCO Discovery. This search box allows faculty to search and add specific library resources to their online courses.
Each article found in the search results includes a button to “Add to Reading List.” Simply click on this button and the material will be added to the course.
When students log in to the course, they will click on Reading List to access their course readings. Below is an example of the student view of a completed Reading List. In this case, multiple folders have been created by the instructor to make navigation easier for students. This is especially helpful for courses that assign multiple readings each week. Faculty can also add notes about other readings, as seen in the example.
The Teaching & Learning Center will host a workshop this fall on how to use this Reading List, but those of us in the LLC wanted to announce it now so that faculty can use it over the summer – both to teach and to prepare courses. While the Reading List is integrated with Sakai, LLC staff provide support for the product. Contact Christine Fullerton at email@example.com or 308-432-7058 to set up an appointment.